Carmelo Anthony has reportedly already agreed to sign a deal with the Houston Rockets once he secures his buyout from the Atlanta Hawks.
His unsuccessful one-year stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder officially came to an end this week as he was traded to the Hawks in a deal that saw them acquire point guard Dennis Schroder in return.
The veteran is keen to play alongside his close friend Chris Paul and MVP James Harden next season and will earn a minimum contract.
But it'll be interesting to see how he co-exists alongside the All-Star duo as he struggled as a third option behind Russell Westbrook and Paul George in OKC.
It led to Melo posting a career-low 16.2 points per game and shooting just 40.4 percent from the field.
With the expectation that he'll soon be a Rockets player, however, Harden has already reached out to his soon-to-be new teammate and believes he will be a good fit with the team.
"Myself and Chris [Paul] and our entire coaching staff, we communicate every single day making sure guys are in good places," Harden said, per ESPN's Brian Windhorst.
"Obviously, there's a lot of egos. There's a lot of talent. Someone has to sacrifice to get where we want to go.
"Everybody in the world knows what Carmelo brings, how gifted and talented he is. He still has a lot more to go. If he comes come to the Rockets, we'll get the best out of him."
Sacrifice is the key word used by the shooting guard and that's something Anthony did a lot of with the Thunder.
He took a back seat to make the experiment with Westbrook and George work and it saw him become ineffective on the court.
But with both Harden and especially Paul being willing passers, the 34-year-old will surely be a more important part of the offence in Houston.
There's no doubt that Carmelo can still score and put up big numbers but he'll need the trust and freedom to do what he does best.
After the departure of Trevor Ariza, the 10-time All-Star is likely to slot straight into the vacant small forward position on the Rockets lineup.
If he can regain his offensive touch and make better use of the open shots he'll receive on a nightly basis, he could be a vital piece for the Texas-based franchise as they aim to win a championship.
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